Welcome to Cristina Guerra Newsletter September 2016.



Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal

a forma do pensamento

Closing 10 September

Curator: Miguel von Hafe Pérez
"Transgenerational, international and one. There is no art without thought (...). Covering different historical, geographic and aesthetic realities, this exhibition reveals a concern that questions the capacity of gestures and representation (...) this exhibition is based on a multiplicity of answers. It is the speculative contamination of the voids that exist between these works of art that one can better learn the relevance of what we insist on calling art".
Miguel von Hafe Pérez
Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal

Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes 

Opening 22 September | 10pm

'Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes' is the latest work of Edgar Martins. This project was developed in partnership with the Nacional Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences (INMLCF), Portugal, between 2013 and 2016.
This project proposes to scrutinise, expose and hold in tensions many of the contradictions and problems inherent in the depiction and conceptualisation of death, in particular, violent death, whilst reflecting at the same time about Photography's role in this process.
Through an approach that is simultaneously objective and speculative, the project employs a vast array of media and visual processes and photographs, appropriations, historical archives images, projection, installation and text - whilst maintaining, throughout, a firm footing in the conceptual and philosophical scholarship of field experts such as Barthes, Kagan, Secret, Luckhurst, Kulber - Ross, amongst others.
'Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes' is a project that views Photography as a hybrid medium, structured around conceptual tensions, allowing us, therefore, to be confronted with the fragility of our perceptual and cognitive systems.
This body of work forms part of a cross-sectoral project that includes a myriad of public events such as talks and discussion forums, including a tour of unique but complementary exhibitions in institutions such as Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool, Jan-Mar 2016), MAAT (Lisbon, Jun-Oct 2016), Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art (Lisbon, Sep-Nov 2016) and the Internacional Centre of Art José de Guimarães (Guimar~aes, Jan-Apr 2017).
'Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes' will be published by The Mouth House in October this year and will include contributions from Sérgio Mah, Timothy Secret and Roger Luckhurst.

Tomie Ohtake Institute, São Paulo, Brazil

The Many and The One:
Brazilian Contemporary Art

Opening 4 September | 5pm - 8pm

Curator: Roberto Storr
The title 'The many and the one' lays the foundations for this exhibition based on one of the largest and most important art collections in Brazil: "Andrea and José Olympio Pereira's". In charge of the curatorship, renowned American critic Robert Storr, with the support of Paulo Miyada, curator of Instituto Tomie Ohtake, chose to privilege works that are individually vigorous on their own strength, regardless of possible dialogs they can establish with the other gathered works and productions.
"Each of these decisions were made after examination of special qualities and strengths of unique works, even when you consider its place in a broader context made up of other works by the same artist, sets of works by other artists of similar trends and the complete work of artists of obviously different - and possibly contrary - styles and beliefs", says Storr. For this exhibition, the curator selected approximately three hundred pieces - painting, sculpture, installation and video - by more than one hundred Brazilian artists, amongst a private collection of more than two thousand national and international works. According to the curator, this is a set of works which, in addition to its monumentality, features icon pieces produced by many artists.
The exhibition will bring a refined perspective of the Brazilian contemporary art scene and its earlier periods, by looking at the production of the 1950s to nowadays. "We are living in a pluralistic era, and also a time of exceptional diversity and hybridity (...) Nowhere is this pluralism richer, more heterogeneous and fruitful than in the Americas; nowhere in the Americas is there artistic effervescence of all kinds greater than in Brazil".
Roberto Storr was the first American to be appointed the director of visual arts at the Venice biennale (2005 and 2007). He was the curator of painting and sculpture department of the MoMa NYC (1990 - 2002). Currently, Storr teaches painting at Yale University.
MMK, Frankfurt, Germany
LAWRENCE WEINER   An Imagined Museum 

Closing 4 September

The exhibition was inspired by Ray Bradbury's science-fiction novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and its legendary film adaptation by François Truffaut (1966). Bradbury visualises a future in which literary works have been banned from society. The only means of preserving them for later generations is to commit them to memory. In the similarly bleak future of "An Imagined Museum", the art on view from three European collections faces imminent destruction. Just as Bradbury's "book people" memorize literary works to save them from oblivion, the exhibition invites its visitors to memorize the artworks on display. The viewers thus play an active role in the presentation.
The show is divided into nine thematic sections. Based on the idea of the time capsule containing art-historically important works - like Marcel Duchamp's suitcase museum La Boîte-en-valise - they shed light on specific qualities and processes inherent to art, for example, the transformation of the everyday, the play with the perception, travel through space and time and the codification of messages.
Museu Afro Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil
JOSÉ LOUREIRO, YONAMINE     Portugal, Portugueses

Opening 8 September

Curator: Emanoel Araujo
The Museum Afro Brasil will present the major art exhibition on Portuguese contemporary art 'Portugal Portugueses'. The exhibition will integrate a trilogy concerning the most recent artistic production on three different continents: Africa, America, and Europe, with artists from several countries representing each continent; countries like Portugal, Brazil, and Portuguese ex-African colonies.
This is the second exhibition developed by the curator Emanoel Araujo that aims to pay tribute to Brazilian culture main roots (African,Portuguese and indigenous) through Contemporary Art perspective. With a selection of more than 40 artists, with deep connections to Portugal, the exhibition will present works that contemplate different artistic practices.
Espaço Linha Museu, Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Music and Words: Artworks from Serralves Collection

Closing  11 September

The exhibition 'Music and Words: Works from the Serralves Collection' offers an itinerary through the Serralves Collection, encompassing works that, although created in different historic and geographic context all incorporate the sound experience in their visual and conceptual discourses.
Ranging from the aesthetic vision of the event to the artist's role as a performer, passing through experimental sound practices, the exhibition draws closer to the sound experience, from the perspective of its social dimension in the contemporary world. The materiality of sound, the power of the world as a sound tool, the sense of catharsis associated with musical elements and allusions to the frenetic aesthetics of music videos, delimit an itinerary through different proposals that are transversally linked to sound, music and the world.
Among the artists presented we highlight the works from Luís Paulo Costa and Rui Toscano.
Production: Serralves Foundation - Contemporary Art Museum Porto.
Image: Luís Paulo Costa, Drums, 2007.
Sandreto Rerebaudengo Foundation, Turin, Italy
JOÃO ONOFRE   I See a Darkness

Closing 11 September

This group show presents the video and audio work of seven international artists. The cinema experience, in a museum setting, occupies a space whose perception it erases, blacking out its boundaries, specific architectural features, and the usual way to which it relates with things and people. Darkness is the necessary condition for the projected image to appear, and hence for vision, yet this image remains fleeting, unsubstantial, and can hardly be captured. In this perspective, the image can be read as a metaphor for a state of mind pervaded by melancholy, yearning, reminiscence - all of which are recurring emotions in the works on display.
The title is borrowed from the work of João Onofre, which stages the musical performance of two children, who are asked to perform the song of the same title by Will Oldham, a nostalgic ballad about a restless soul.

Arpad Szenes Foundation - Vieira da Silva, Lisbon, Portugal
MICHAEL BIBERSTEIN   Studies for a Sky

Closing 11 September

Michael Biberstein left unfinished the work that he developed over the last four years: a sky of 900 m2 for the roof of the Church of Santa Isabel (1742), in Lisbon when he suddenly passed away in May 2013.
An artistic committee was created with the purpose to finish the project that was going to be referred to as 'Mike's Sky'. In parallel with the opening at the Church, finally, three years after Michael's death, the Arpad Szenes Foundation - Vieira da silva, organizes a presentation entitled 'Studies for a Heaven', where you can see artist's studies for the church's ceiling, works on unpublished paper, and the model of the interior of the Church in scale 1:75.[uniqid]
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany

One City as a World Laboratory

Closing 11 September

Curator: Ralf Beil
Whether in life or in art - it is crucial that we begin with changes in ourselves, in our immediate vicinity. This is the first major exhibition by Ralf Beil, since 2015 director of the Kunstmusuem Wolfsburg. The title "Wolfsburg Unlimited" consciously connects this entrepreneurial and creative energy, location, and delimitation.
For the first time, the entire museum is the exhibition: from the entrance through the foyer areas and mediation rooms through to Japan Garden. This exhibition aims to explore the history and (im)possibilities of this very special city. The capital of Volkswagen, seat of a global corporation, is an exemplary place to express the history of the second half of the 20th century and of our 21st century, especially through the tension between industrialisation, mobilisation, and digitation, between mass and individual, local and global action.
This group show features several international artists such as Franz Ackermann, Douglas Gordon, and Luc Tuymans, amongst which we highlight Christian Andersson's participation.
Firenze Suona Contemporanea, Florence, Italy
ERWIN WURM   Fallen Falls

14 September | 9pm

Fallen Falls its a video installation by Erwin Wurm with music by Andrea Cavallari. This piece will be projected in Florence, Italy, during the Festival of music and contemporary art 'Firenze Suona Contemporary'. The festival will host the world premiere by Erwin Wurm: Fallen Falls, 2016. The music of this video concert will be performed by the prestigious ensemble Kangforum Wien.
The lightness of "sound" which through materialising and gaining weight becomes matter. So lightly conceived as subtraction of weight, return to the origin of the primordial sound, the lightness is the ability to escape the gravity and the language of music as the instrument which more than any other knows to escape the force of gravity.
We can try to hypothesise that this work is a weight subtraction operation, a reflection on the absence of gravity. An eye on the magical and unique moment of zero gravity.
The slow and inexorable fact is that petrification spares no aspect of life and the constant gaze of the Medusa is always present! Where now Perseus, who flies with winged sandals, which is claimed on what is lighter, winds or clouds? With Italo Calvino, I also feel tempted to see this myth as an allegory of the relationship with the world of art, and then the lightness, of which Perseus is the hero, could not be better represented that by this gesture of refreshing courtesy: live the last attempt to dissolve the heaviness.
Klangforum Wien is composed by musicians from ten different countries. These musicians represent an artistic idea and a personal approach that aims to restore in their art something that seems to have been lost - gradually, almost inadvertently - during the course of the 20th century, which gives the music a place in the present and in the midst of the community for which it was written and for whom it is crying out to be heard.
Firenze Suona Contemporanea, Florence, Italy
ERWIN WURM   10 Gurken

Opening 14 September

Erwin Wurm has created a limited series of his "Gurken" in occasion of the Firenze Suona Contemporanea festival.
For this festival, Erwin Wurm has created a unique and limited series of 10 pieces, the "Gurken" (cucumbers), exclusively for the supporters of the Festival, which will be offered to the same basic sponsorship lot of last year. Therefore, in addition to the already highly visible traditional and web printing via the communication of the Festival, which will add a massive presence on all corporate communication channels, supporters of the Festival will have a work authenticated and certified by the great Austrian artist Erwin Wurm.
These glass pieces are done with the support of Fondazione Berengo in Venice, Italy.
Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal


Conversations: Recent Portuguese Art in Serralves Collection

Opening 15 September | 10pm

The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art continues its programme dedicated to the Serralves Collection with this exhibition featuring recently acquired or soon to be incorporated works of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film and video made after the 2000s.
Conceived as a series of overlapping dialogues between some of Portugal's most influential artists from the generations of the 1960s until now, the exhibition proposes narratives that draw upon formal explorations of the real, the legacies of modernism, expanded notions of painting, and visionary worlds of imagined landscapes and speculative surrealism.
This group exhibition will present a selection of pieces by 16 different artists. We highlight the participation of the following artists: André Cepeda, José Loureiro, Diogo Pimentão and Julião Sarmento.
Festival Filosofia, Modena, Italy

Versus: the artist challenge to its model in a century of          
              photography and drawing

Opening 16 September | 7pm

Curators: Andrea Burned, Daniele De Luigi, Serena Goldoni
Every artist begins some source of inspiration in the direction of an attempt to overcome the models that preceded it: the exhibition is centred on the tension generated by this distance.
The exhibition includes photographs and drawings by one hundred artists that cover the last hundred years of the history of art: works by many of the protagonists of the twentieth century from the collections of the Civic Gallery and from important public and private collections, along with works by emerging artists made expressly for the occasion.
This group show includes artists from different generations and nationalities. We highlight Rosângela Rennó's participation. Other featured artists are Vito Acconci, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Man Ray.
Andrea Burned is the artistic director of Art Verona, designing its entire cultural programme. Daniele De Luigi and Serena Goldoni are curators of the Modena Civic Gallery.
Caixa Forum, Madrid, Spain

El Peso de Un Gesto

Closing 18 September

Curator: Julião Sarmento
Paintings, sculptures, videos and installations, are presented in this exhibition to seduce the eye and provoke a narrative dedicated to the spectator, in which the artworks act, propose, entangle a dialogue and get emotional too.
The Portuguese artist Jullião Sarmento is the author of this project. The challenge proposed to Sarmento was to realise an exhibition following his artistic vision, with pieces from the collection La Caixa Foundation, from MACBA collection and from CAM Gulbenkian Foundation.
The Jewish Museum , New York, USA

Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist

Closing 18 September

Curator: Jens Hoffmann (director); curators: Claudia J. Nahson, Morris, and Eva Feld
Burle Marx (1909-1994) was one of the most influential landscape architects of the 20thcentury, yet he is not a familiar figure outside of his native Brazil. Burle Marx is best known for his iconic seaside pavements on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach, and for his abstract, geometric garden designs. But his work encompasses an enormous range of artistic forms and styles: Burle Marx was a painter and sculptor; a designer of textiles, jewellery, theatre sets, and costumes; a ceramicist and stained-glass artists.
He was an avid art collector, a talented baritone, a consummate cook, and a visionary self-taught botanist and ecologist. For him, all these endeavours were equally important facets of one another. the artist embraced modernism in the early 1930s, as the movement was taking hold in Brazil. He revolutionised garden design by using abstraction symmetry and rejecting imported flora and European models.
Burle Marx's gardens are works of modern art, not only because of the way they behave: they prompt awareness of oneself in relation to the built environment. It is, therefore, no surprise that artists of today find hum a fruitful source of inspiration. In this exhibition, seven artists with ties to Latin America, all born after 1950, provide a sampling of his influence. They are:; Juan Araujo, Paloma Bosquê, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Luisa Lambri, Arto Lindsay, Nick Mauss, and Beatriz Milhazes.
IWALEWAHAUS, Bayreuth, Germany
FILIPA CÉSAR    Things Fall Apart

Closing 18 September

The exhibition 'Things Fall Apart' will feature artists, filmmakers and groups from across Africa, Asia, Europe and north America. Drawing on film, photography, propaganda, and public art, the exhibition presents interdisciplinary reflections on African connections to the Soviet Union and related countries.
The title of the exhibition is borrowed from Chinua Achebe's 1958 classic of port-colonial fiction seen by many as the archetypal modern African novel in English which reflects on the devastating impact of colonialism in Africa. Our exhibition uses this association to focus on a similar loss of utopian perspective following the end of the cold war and the collapse of the Soviet Union and eastern bloc.
The exhibition will present historical and contemporary responses to the geopolitical and cultural connections of African responses to the geopolitical and cultural connections of African nations to the Soviet Union and related countries. Links were forged particularly during the second half of the twentieth century, as post-colonial power struggles drew support from East and the West. The Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Cuba and East Germany all offered aid to national governments such as those of Mozambique and Angola, as well as providing educational scholarships as a means of wielding soft power.
The historic ties between these nations find expression across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: from early-soviet utopian visions of interracial collaboration; though the height of the Cold War when soft power was used to influence independence struggles; to the ongoing stories of African independence and liberation. The season will seek to uncover and explore some of these links.
The exhibition and the accompanying programme is a cooperation with Gallery Calvert22, London and AfriCont., Lisbon.
Among the participating artists, we highlight Filipa César's work. Some of the other artists included in this group show are Angela Ferreira, Isaac Julien, Kara Lynch.
Art Gallery Toi Oitamaki, Auckland, New Zealand
ROSÂNGELA RENNÓ    Space to Dream

Closing 18 September

Curators: Beatriz Bustos Oyanedel (Chilean Curator) and Dr Zara Stanhope (Auckland Art gallery Principal Curator and Head of Programmes).
´Space to Dream' is the first major exhibition in Australasia to introduce, in depth, the art of South America. The exhibition reveals how South American artists see a social significance for their work and how as rebels and revolutionaries, dreamers and poets, they have challenged, embraced, explained or transformed their realities, lives, cultures and spaces from the 1960s to today.
The exhibition presents works by 41 artists and collectives, who include senior figures internationally recognised for their contribution to art as well as younger figures. Bringing together some of the most visually engaging painting, sculpture, photography, installation film, and performance from across six countries - Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay - 'Space to Dream' includes major works and exciting new commissions.
The exhibition features remarkable artists; we highlight the participation of the Brazilian artist Rosângela Rennó.
MAAT, Lisbon, Portugal

Talk with Edgar Martins and Sérgio Mah

21 September | 6.30 pm

Curator: Sérgio Mah
The curator Sérgio Mah and artist Edgar Martins will talk about the ongoing exhibition at MAAT: 'Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes'.
MOCA, Cleveland, USA

Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists

Opening 23 September | 8 January

Curator: Cornelia Lauf
'Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists' studies some of the best contemporary art through the lens of craft: the woven carpet. Featuring thirty artists from across the globe, the exhibition shows this object to be a powerful locus of meaning today, one that cuts across issues of design, art, décor, production, and geopolitics.
The "artist carpet" is a form that bears a long and distinguished historical pedigree, from Raphael and Peter Paul Rubens, to Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, and Joan Miró. Yet, 'Wall to Wall' takes as its point of departure a history of art rather than the history of medium, focusing on the ways in which these objects advance relevant ideas and practices today. Unlike exhibitions that examine artist carpets through an ethnographic lens detached from the world of art, 'Wall to Wall' proposes that these carpets function in a continuum of modern art history as a critical form that is accelerating in use and application. The exhibition asks the simple question: Why?
'Wall to Wall' is structured by five basic categories for comparative analysis: "Eastern", "Geometry", Icon, Text, and Materiality. Starting with progenitor Alighiero Boetti, one of the first contemporary artists to employ craft traditions in foreign ethnic contexts as a form of readymade, Wall to Wall explores artists whose work in carpets taps inform and bridges, traditional and histories from East to Wes, such as Faig Ahmed and Ken Lum.
The role of production and delegation is tended to as well in 'Wall to all'. Carpets demonstrate the process spectrum, from the handmade to the industrially manufactured. The featured carpets represent diverse approaches to collaboration as well: artist and weaver, artist and designer, artist and producer, artist and commercial business. These relationships reveal the blurring of traditional domains between art, craft, and design, and emphasise shifts in artisanal traditions and weaving centres across the globe. 'wall to Wall' raises questions about the geopolitics of production and the art market as expressed in the carpet, and the ways in which both respond to and express the significance of the artists in creating value and demand.
The artist carpet models the interwoven nature of art, design craft, industry, and sociocultural politics today. With range and depth, 'Wall to Wall' reveals how and why artists are advancing contemporary art practice through this ancient yet persistent medium.
Among the artists featured, we highlight the participation of Jonathan Monk and Julião Sarmento; the exhibition also includes works by Liam Gillick, Joseph Kosuth, Marilyn Minter, Richard Prince and Franz West, among others.
MACE, Elvas, Portugal

Abaixo as Fronteiras

Closing 25 September

Curator: Bárbara Coutinho
This is the first exhibition of the museum MUDE out of doors programme. Two collections - MUDE Design Museum and Elvas Contemporary Art Museum, will be in dialogue, underlying their affinities, juxtapositions or correlations existing between art and design, challenging the limit between these two practices.
The strong relation between visual arts and design was always present, specifically in the 20th century, with the Russian Constructivism and the Lyric Abstractionism, Pop Art and Post-Modernism. Several artists avoid the universe of design as frequently we find design pieces that refer to the universe of visual arts.
Nowadays the limits and frontier zones are more blurred due to these practices evolution. in Lisbon, the focus of this exhibition will be on the pieces that reflect about the object, space, and architecture.
Simultaneously, in MACE Elvas Museum, the pieces in the exhibition will translate the pictorial influence and the works about bi-dimensional representation. A total of 125 pieces of almost 100 authors of different generations and careers, Portuguese and international, participate in this comprehensive exhibition.
Side by side each piece will participate in a dialogue which aims to simulate the discovery of contact aspects between these two intersectional practices: art and design.
MNAC , Lisbon, Portugal

Closing 25 September

Curator: Sergio Mah
This exhibition gathers a series of recent photographs by André Cepeda, taken in Oporto the city where the artist lives and a recurrent topic of his work. The collection of images suggests a physical - and mental- journey through various sites in a city where human presence is residual. During this journey, this meander, André Cepeda photographs a wide range of subjects, including desert street the facades of buildings, rudimentary constructions, monuments, ruins, and abandoned materials and objects in settings permeated by melancholy and a sense of emptiness. It is a view that is harsh and sensitive, meditative and critical, which reacts to space, matter, and light, bestowing certain places and objects with a character that is at once familiar and strange, banal and mysterious.
Nothing appears to happen in these places. There are no discernible movements or gestures. A petrified world, deathly silent, where all that remains are spaces, constructions, and objects that point to a prior history. 'Depois' is a work about what we are prepared to see in and makeof the images, to reclaim the need for an ethics of observation and reflection on all the sites o abandonment and oblivion.
Sergio Mah
MACBA , Barcelona, Spain


Closing 25 September

Curator: David G. Torres
The MACBA presents this coproduction between CA2M, Centro de Arte de Mayo da Communidad de Madrid, and ATRIUM, Centro Vasco de Arte Contemporaneo in Vitória. More than fifty international and national artist participate in this exhibition; a trip through the universe of the punk influence in contemporary art, this exhibition creates an echo of its importance, has an attitude and reference amongst several creators.
The exhibition presents installations, documentary parts, multiples, photography, videos, and painting; it also includes a documentary section regarding the origins of Punk and its evolution until nowadays. Some of the themes are sound, nihilism, violence, and sexuality. Insatisfaction, loss of faith in progress and violent critique in the icons of the economic and social system, are shown in these artists work. In this exhibition, Punk shows as a reference to several artists, in the use of elements like noise, typography, anti-drawing and ugliness.
Camden Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom

The Sequence of Things

Opening 30 September | 8 January 

For over 40 years, Matt Mullican has been developing a codified language of symbols and diagrams in an attempt to articulate the complexities of existence and the human condition.
Rationalising his all-encompassing theories, Mullican's visual systems speculate on philosophical intuitions, phenomenon, human interaction, and the intricacies of the psyche. His colour-coded geometric designs represent longstanding cornerstones to his work; green stands for material, blue for the everyday world, yellow for ideas, white and black for language and red for the subjective.
Inspired by Camden Arts Centre's history as a public library, The Sequence of Things layers Mullican's multiple methods of categorization and ordering. Mathematically dividing the architectural spaces, the galleries will be laden with his book works, pin-boards, posters, drawings, flags, objects, photography and videos, all depicting his various maps, charts, diagrams and symbols. Together, the plethora of works demonstrates his attempts to find methodology behind the relationships at play in the world around us and its representation.
Matt Mullican (b. 1951, Santa Monica, CA) lives and works in Berlin and new York, Previous exhibitions include 'Organising the world, Haus der Kunst, Munich, 2011 and 'THAT WORLD / ESE MUNDO', Museo Tamayo, Mexico, 2014.

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